Did mine in May. The story for me was as follows.
1. OTB onto pavement - thought ouch, eventually decided it was painful enough to warrant a trip to A&E - roughly an hour after the incident.
2. At A&E after initially being brave during triage I decided i needed painkillers and a sling.
3. Pretty much passed out during X-Ray because by now it really hurt.
4. X-Ray suggested it was just a crack so got sent home. Told to lay off the bike for 3 or 4 weeks. And kinda did so. Couldn't sleep for about 3 nights.
5. Started riding just gently on the road about 3 or 4 weeks in.
6. Went and sought advice from the Doc as it didn't feel that great. Went onto Physio as I have BUPA.
7. 3 Weeks into Physio we (Physio and I) decide it still isn't right and there is definitely a problem. Referral on to surgeon.
8. Surgeon gets further X-rays done and points out that the Radial head is (according to the X-Ray) displaced by around 5mm suggests surgery is probably the best way forward. After riding Mayhem and deciding this Summer was pretty cr@p I agreed and surgery was booked for 18th August to re break, screw it together and potentially have a bone graft. 8 to 10 weeks off the bike is predicted.
9. Surgery happens, surgeon decides it looks ok and tidies up the cartiledge, removing loose bits etc. This is great - back on the bike in 10 days.
10. I was back on the bike in 10 days and can finally do pretty much everything I was doing before the original incident including manuals (which still hurt a little but are at least straight).
11. Discharged from Physio last week.
12. First ride on the rigid 29er tonight was OK.
My Lessons learned are:
- Surgeon was less bothered by me actually riding but very bothered about me crashing hence the potential 10 week ban.
- Don't push on with painkillers - pain is there to tell you something take the hint.
- If there are ANY problems 3 or 4 weeks in go and get a second round of X-Rays.
- Physios get off on your pain! But are kind of good for you and often quite pretty.